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Dementia diagnosis and treatment

Dementia is a syndrome that is associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities.

What is dementia?

Dementia is not a disease, but a syndrome that is associated with an ongoing decline of the brain and its abilities. Dementia is a progressive illness, yet each person presents differently. 
 
Some of the symptoms include: 

  • Loss of memory e.g. Memory of recent events, misplacing or losing objects

  • Repetitive questioning
  • Difficulty with communication
  • Ability to think clearly
  • Mood changes, including anxiety and worry
  • Difficulty in comprehension and understanding
  • Disorientation to time
  • Decreased social interaction and withdrawal
  • Irritability and frustration
  • Difficulty with day to day tasks e.g.: cooking and shopping.

What should I do?
 
It is important to contact your GP or a specialist as early as possible. However, confirming a diagnosis of dementia can be difficult, particularly when the condition is in its early stages. This is because many of the symptoms of dementia can be caused by other conditions.
 
In order for dementia to be diagnosed correctly, you will have a number of different tests and assessments including: 

  • a review of your personal history including education and employment
  • a review of your medical history
  • a full assessment of your mental abilities
  • a range of tests, including blood tests to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms
  • imaging scans, which can provide information about the physical state and structure of your brain
  • a review of any medication you may be taking, in case these are contributing to your symptoms.

When dementia is diagnosed treatment is generally in the form of medication. These medicines help with the symptoms occurring in dementia. The medicines do not cure the syndrome, but temporarily slow down the progression.

Specialists Offering Dementia diagnosis and treatment

Dr Murugiah Seevaratnam

Consultant General Physician

FRCP

BMI The Cavell Hospital 1 more BMI The Kings Oak Hospital

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Dr Sushen Bhattacharyya

Consultant Physician & Geriatrician

MBBS (Gold Medal), DTM&H (Gold Medal), FRCP

BMI The Clementine Churchill Hospital

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Dr Asif Mahmood

Consultant Physician

MBBS, BSc, FRCP, DTM&H

BMI The Cavell Hospital 1 more BMI The Kings Oak Hospital

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Dr Nima Hashemi

Consultant Physician in Elderly Care

MBBS, FRCP

BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital

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Dr Raafat Farag

Consultant Physician General and Stroke Medicine

MB. BcH, MRCP, FRCP (London)

BMI The Manor Hospital 1 more BMI The Saxon Clinic

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